As a genre, pop-rock is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, catchy pop-hooks and polished vocal work can really draw in an audience whilst maintaining a heavier edge will appeal to fans of more alternative sounds; the counterbalance to this is that keeping it too commercial (as opposed to accessible) could potentially damage a band's reputation and stop them from playing certain tours or venues that they might want to. Luckily for Durham's Twister, they bridge the gap perfectly, providing enough grit to balance out the pop production and coming off sounding like one of the most confident and energetic band's I've heard this year.
Following in the footsteps of similar pop-rock acts such as Go:Audio or Saving Aimee, Twister have already garnered support from the likes of The Joy Formidable and EMI and are well on their way to being signed. Fusing together universal sentiments with a melodic blend of radio-friendly guitar-pop and call and response vocal work that's back-boned by consistently tight rhythm sections and percussion; without a doubt Twister are one of the most solid bands on the unsigned circuit at the moment.
It goes without saying, however, that the pomp and the polish won't be for everyone and there is a fair degree of both, particularly on track's such as 'Fall With Me' and 'This Isn't Wonderland'. However underneath the theatrics is a legitimately well-rounded and ambitious group of musicians with a penchant for anthemics that works completely in their favour. Twister are a band that are destined for bigger things; stages, audiences and even aesthetics, exhibited perfectly in their most recent track 'Watch Over You' which is somewhat indicative of The Revival's 'Supercollider', is by no means a negative comparison.
Perhaps my personal favourite track in the band's repertoire (and possibly a guilty pleasure) is 'The I.O.P', a melodic affair that is particularly indicative of the aforementioned yet ultimately ill-fated Saving Aimee. The lyricism is both simple, yet with enough candour to keep it interesting whilst the lead guitar coming courtesy of Steve Stoker is perhaps his strongest performance yet.
While it's certainly not my personal preference, Twister's perfect balance of pop and rock aesthetics is impossible to deny. It's tight; it's radio-friendly; it's polished, doubtless to make teenager girls swoon and ultimately it's getting them noticed. It's also a testament to the nine years that the lads have be been playing together. Proof that dedication and hard-work do pay off.